There are a lot of different and hazy ways to celebrate 420 when the annual cannabis-centered holiday arrives next month. One of the ways that Deadheads will be partaking in the very chill day will be hitchhiking their way to theaters where The Grateful Dead Movie will be returning to the big screen for one night only to celebrate its 40th anniversary.
“We're shaking things up in movie theaters across the good old U.S. of A. once again!” the band said in the announcement on the official Grateful Dead Facebook page on Thursday evening. “Gather up your favorite Grateful guys and gals and meet us on April 20th at 7 p.m. local time for a celebration of the 40th anniversary of The Grateful Dead Movie.”
The film, which was actually co-directed by the band’s late guitarist, Jerry Garcia, captured the legendary live performances from their 5-night run at San Francisco’s iconic Winterland in October 1974. The shows were filmed as the Dead were entering their two-year hiatus from touring a few years prior to the film's 1977 release.
For those who have yet to see it, the movie captures the musically religious experience that is a Grateful Dead concert, and also helped introduce the world to the quickly building community of fans that would eventually come to be known as Deadheads.
The Grateful Dead Movie had returned to theaters for a night back in 2011, only this time it will also include an “exclusive mini doc” of fans remembering their famous concert at Cornell from May 8, 1977. That show would go on to be archived at the Ivy League school in 2004.
For more information on the movie's return to theaters, as well as help finding a local cinema close to you where the film will be playing, click here.